Pentagon memo details plans for Trump's military parade

Pentagon says Trump will get flyovers but no tanks at grand military parade

President Donald Trump presides over a military parade at his swearing-in ceremony in Washington

It looks like President Donald Trump is getting the military parade he wants in Washington - though he may get no tanks for the effort.

However, a Pentagon memo declared the parade to be excluding tanks in order to lessen the impact inflicted on roads.

The parade will also include a "heavy air component, " the memo said, with military planes flying overhead at the end of the parade.

Many observers were quick to compare Trump's plans to China and North Korea, even though the parade was inspired by France's Bastille Day Parade, but Trump is apparently planning a very different kind of parade.

The letter, dated Thursday and addressed to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gives guidance for planning "a military-themed Veteran's Day Parade" in Washington on November 11.

The route will start at the White House and finish at the Capitol.

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The planned parade is meant to highlight the contributions veterans have made "throughout the history of the U.S. Military", the letter said, dating from the Revolutionary War to present day, "with an emphasis on the price of freedom". Then, in July, Trump watched a Bastille Day celebration in Paris and days later called it "one of the most attractive parades I have ever seen", adding that "we should do one one day down Pennsylvania Ave".

The Joint Staff is in charge of organizing the event, while the Northern Command will execute it on the day of.

The parade is expected to include participants dressed in period uniforms and will also "highlight the evolution of women veterans", the memo said, "from separate formations in World War II to today's integrated formations".

There will be no tanks at America's military parade, however - likely a disappointment to Trump who was enamored by the heavy armor that rumbled through the streets of Paris last July when he watched France's Bastille Day celebration.

Trump should be surrounded in the reviewing area at the Capitol by veterans and Medal of Honor recipients, the Pentagon memo said.

"I think it's great for our country in terms of being a cheerleader and the spirit", he added.

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